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Fixed-Rates Remain Unchanged for the Week at 4.37 Percent
Sep 23, 2010

Freddie Mac has released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS). The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate and the 15-year fixed-rate were unchanged; shorter-term rates were mixed. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.37 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending Sept. 23, 2010, unchanged from last week when it averaged 4.37 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 5.04 percent. “In its Sept. 21 policy committee statement, the Federal Reserve indicated that the pace of recovery in output and employment has slowed in recent months. In addition, inflation was at levels somewhat below its comfort zone," said Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist for Freddie Mac. The 15-year FRM this week averaged a record low of 3.82 percent with an average 0.7 point, unchanged from last week when it averaged 3.82 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15 year FRM averaged 4.46 percent. The five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.54 percent this week, with an average 0.6 point, down slightly from last week when it averaged 3.55 percent. A year ago, the five-year ARM averaged 4.51 percent. The one-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 3.46 percent this week with an average 0.7 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.40 percent. At this time last year, the one-year ARM averaged 4.52 percent. "The perception of slow growth and low inflation removed any upward pressure on fixed mortgage rates this week," said Nothaft. "Since 1975, fixed mortgage rates typically fall over the 12 months following the end of a recession; the one exception was the 1980 downturn. The National Bureau of Economic Research recently announced that the current recession ended in June 2009. Rates for 30-year fixed mortgages were 0.7 percentage points lower in June 2010, representing the largest decline during the first year of recovery over the last six recessions. With a weaker recovery, these rates fell by another 0.4 percentage points by September.” For more information, visit
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